Holiday of Love




Also, Peter Holsapple, who produced the first Certain General effort Holiday of Love, is a kindred soul with Phil Gammage – he is another Southern musician whose band, the dB’s had greater success in Europe than in the States


In 1982Certain General signed with the New York independent record label Labor Records and issued their first release, an EP called Holiday of Love.  The mini-album was produced by Peter Holsapple of the dB’s and mixed by Michael Gira of the experimental rock band Swans – “an interesting pairing if there ever was one”, said Nick West in a review for Bucketfull of Brains.  (I don’t know much about Swans, except for their startling 1988 cover of the Joy Division masterpiece, “Love Will Tear Us Apart”).  According to Wikipedia:  “Holiday [of Love] garnered rave reviews, among them a Trouser Press piece that cited the disc as being created ‘for all the teenage devils of the world’.” 


Here follows a reprint of the Trouser Press Record Guide (4th Edition) listing for the SourMash family of bands.  Though slightly garbled, it presents a fairly accurate overview of our thing in the 1980’s.

Steve G.  



Holiday of Love EP (Labor1982 

November’s Heat (Fr. L’Invitation au Suicide1984 

     Reissued w/ bonus tracks (Fr. New Rose1990; (Alive) 1999; (Fr. Fantastica2002 

These Are the Days (Fr. New Rose) 1986 

     Reissued w/ bonus tracks (Fr. Fantastica 1999

Cabin Fever (Fr. Barclay1988 

Jacklighter (Fr. Barclay) 1990 

Signals from the Source (CBGB1999 

Closer to the Sun (Fr. Fantastica) 2000 

Live at the Public Theater (Fantastica US2001 

An Introduction to War (SourMash USA2002 

Invisible New York (Easy Action UK2008 



Far Away in America (SourMash1984 

Far Away in America / The Live Side EP (Fr. L’Invitation au Suicide) 1985 


(March 2015)


Last edited: March 22, 2021